Detectives investigating a daytime shooting in Thongsbridge have revealed it was a ‘targeted’ attack.
They have confirmed the victim – who is still seriously ill in hospital – was known to police.
He remains in an intensive care unit with gunshot wounds after the drama of Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile police officers continued yesterday to preserve the scene at Hagg Wood for any further forensic clues following the shooting at 12.30pm.
It is not clear if the man was shot in the woods or dumped there after being attacked elsewhere.
The injured man, a 28-year-old man from the Manchester area, remains under armed guard at St James’s Hospital in Leeds in the intensive care unit after suffering ‘significant’ but non life-threatening injuries.
It is believed he suffered gunshot wounds to his chest.
Det Insp Andy Parr, of Kirklees CID, said: “The injured man is in ICU and following our own risk assessment for public protection procedures, a decision was made he was a ‘high risk’ and will remain under armed guard.
“He is known to the police and is from the Manchester area.”
Det Insp Parr said he wanted to reassure the public that the incident was ‘targeted’.
He added: “We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Thongsbridge area before or after the incident and noticed anyone acting suspiciously to come forward.”
He said inquiries are continuing and urged anyone with information to contact Huddersfield CID on 101.
Following the shooting forensic teams spent several hours combing the undergrowth for clues to assist the investigation.
No arrests have been made so far.
There was a large police presence in the area of Woodhead Road and its junction with Calf Hill Road, Thongsbridge, for much of the weekend.
The shooting happened just 100 yards from the scene of a murder inquiry in 2012.
Forensic experts recovered remains of murder victim John Hay on a bonfire at a house at the top of Hagg Wood.
Kenneth Bill, who lived at the house, was later jailed for 22 years.